Although poker remains a male-dominated game, there’s no denying that women are slowly beginning to participate and, more importantly, win. With the World Series of Poker event approaching, we thought we’d take a look at some of the top female poker players in the world!
As the best female professional poker player ever to have existed, how could we possibly start the list off with anyone other than Vanessa Selbst? Throughout her lengthy career Vanessa has won over $11 million from winning tournaments such as the Partouche Poker Tour Main Event, the NAPT Main Events and the World Series of Poker. In 2013 alone, Vanessa won the $25,000 title of PCA High Roller as well as a $1.4 million prize fund.
In 2014, Vanessa won her third World Series of Poker bracelet however there are rumors that she’s having a little trouble with the WSOP event already this year. We’re not that worried though considering she won over a million dollars last June in the $100,000 No Limit Hold’em – Shootout Super High Roller Celebrity Shootout, Las Vegas.
Whilst Vanessa Selbst is undeniably spectacular at poker, it was actually Jennifer Harman who was the first woman to win two WSOP bracelets. These were the No Limit Deuce to Seven Lowball event, which Jennifer won in 2000, and the $5,000 Limit Hold’em event later in 2002.
Since those incredible wins Jennifer has been inducted into the Woman in Poker Hall of Fame, however she is also well known for her charity work. In her lifetime, Jennifer has received two kidney transplants and now spends a lot of her time working with Creating Organ Donation Awareness (CODA), a very noble pursuit.
Born in Norway in 1988, Annette Obrestad is one of the youngest female professional poker players on the scene. In fact, in 2007 she became the youngest player to ever win a WSOP bracelet at the World Series of Poker Europe Main Event where she won £1,000,000. Plus, it was her 19th birthday!
Annette is a little better known for her online poker prowess, where she uses the name Annette_15, because she first played poker at the age of 15. Apparently though, she has never made a deposit at an online casino.
Xuan Liu moved to Toronto, Canada from China at just five-years-old but it wasn’t until she was in university that she began playing poker. She soon became obsessed with the game and began to build a truly impressive profile after graduating.
She has won over $1.4 million in tournaments over the years, including a $600,000 win at the 2012 PCA Main Event. Like Annette, Xuan also enjoys playing online poker and has won over $300,000 via this route.
Having entered the poker scene in 1994, Kath Liebert is an absolute legend. Over the years, Kathy has managed to win over $6 million in prize money, most of which occurred between 2000 and 2010. Her biggest win to date took place in 2002 when she was victorious at the PartyPoker Million cruise and won a whopping $1 million.
Later, in 2004, Kathy was named one of the three women to win an open event at WSOP that year after landing $1,500 in the Limit Texas Hold’em Shootout.